With so many records being set at the 2023 US Open, another milestone was achieved as a group of players made history by being the first four Black American players to reach the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows in the Open Era.
Coco Gauff, Frances Tiafoe, Ben Shelton and Madison Keys all played some exceptional tennis to reach the final 8 in New York this year. In addition to their personal achievements, the group also set another record, making it the first time four African-Americans have reached the quarterfinals at that Grand Slam, a feat that hasn't been done since 1968.
Gauff in hunt for first Major, Shelton surpasses expectations
Coming off the biggest win of her career when she captured her maiden WTA 1000 in Cincinnati, Gauff is hoping to win her first Grand Slam as she defeated Jelena Ostapenko to reach the semifinals.
The unseeded Ben Shelton has been having the best time of his career, making it to the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time (defeated Tiafoe in quarters). However, the 20-year old will face the biggest challenge of his professional career, as he faces 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.